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5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom

5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Implementing some kind of self-assessment is a very good thing, as it enables learners to judge the quality of their work. I’ve done this on an ad-hoc basis at times in the past, but using a formal instrument or procedure can work wonders, even if it has no official bearing on the final outcome.

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Some useful tips.

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Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's comment, May 29, 2013 8:25 AM
Very good and creative way, noot a bad idea.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:03 PM

If your goal is to have students become excellent learners, this should be on your list of things to consider!

Tatyana Chernaya's curator insight, June 3, 2013 3:51 AM

And also some great ideas of 5 ice-breakers, a 5-day blogathon, using images, etc.

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All things in eModeration: Moderating Class Blogs and Facebook Student Groups

All things in eModeration: Moderating Class Blogs and Facebook Student Groups | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Moderation involves students’ participation to online communities and this is something that only you can encourage no matter how powerful a tool is. If participation is optional not all students are likely to contribute. On the other hand, if it is mandatory or marked it might feel like another task that needs to be done. It would be better to integrate it into your course so that students perceive it as an essential part of their learning. For example, you might start a discussion in class that could be continued online; or instead of asking them to write an essay, you could post a relevant video, ask them to discuss it with classmates online and then write something on this.

 

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Very comprehensive article

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carmen blyth's curator insight, May 27, 2013 5:45 AM

Comprehensive and hence good reading!

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Switching roles : an investigation into the use of reverse-mentoring by students to encourage teachers' uptake of ICT in their pedagogical approach

The benefits of reverse-mentoring have not been widely explored in the literature and this study provided evidence that the programme delivered both timely and relevant professional development for the participant teachers. Also the concept of students helping their teachers to develop skills with ICT fitted well with constructivist learning theory and this helped overcome many of the barriers associated with adult learning.

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Really interesting approach.

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CK Muinteoir's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:25 AM

Yes, resistance to change seems to be strongest in the people who are paid to prepare us for the future.  Also the best way to learn something is to teach it. 

CAEXI BEST's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:58 PM
Le changement de rôles: une enquête sur l'utilisation de l'inversion de mentorat par les étudiants afin d'encourager l'absorption des enseignants des TIC dans leur approche pédagogique
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Report on 6 MOOCs turns up 10 surprises

Report on 6 MOOCs turns up 10 surprises | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The report has good data, tries to separate out active learners from window shoppers and not short on surprises. It’s a rich resource and a follow up report is promised.

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Not THAT surprising, but still worth having a look.

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Ruth Vilmi's curator insight, May 24, 2013 12:24 PM

The only real surprise to me was that there were close to zero students from China. How long will these courses remain free, I wonder?

Helena Capela's curator insight, May 25, 2013 5:19 AM

Relatório com algumas conclusões talvez inesperadas.

Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, May 25, 2013 1:46 PM

one of the surprises should have been that 22K people took an Equine nutrition class.

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How To Properly Integrate Education Technology

How To Properly Integrate Education Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation theory is the basis for several different models of organizational change, and it is the theory that is taught in most instructional technology programs at the Masters or Doctorate level. Organizations will not change until the people within them are ready to change, and those people have differing attitudes towards change. In a one-to-one program, often the resistance isn’t towards using technology but instead it’s resistance towards change itself.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

The title of this article is a bit deceptive, it's really about piloting, but does hit on some very relevant points.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 22, 2013 5:35 PM

Very insightful article. Well worth a read with some good ideas and tips for encouraging pedagogically sound use of technology.

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Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens’ Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies by Danah Boyd, Alice E. Marwick :: SSRN

Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens’ Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies by Danah Boyd, Alice E. Marwick :: SSRN | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This paper examines how teens understand privacy in highly public networked environments like Facebook and Twitter. We describe both teens’ practices, their privacy strategies, and the structural conditions in which they are embedded, highlighting the ways in which privacy, as it plays out in everyday life, is related more to agency and the ability to control a social situation than particular properties of information. Finally, we discuss the implications of teens’ practices and strategies, revealing the importance of social norms as a regulatory force.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is quite long, but has some really interesting insights into the way teens view their privacy in socially networked environments.

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Nikolaus Wood's curator insight, May 24, 2013 12:41 PM

Honestly people will never be intelligent about what they put online. Expecting the least rational of our population to do anything intelligent is pure stupidity and is completely beyond me.

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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Google has made it possible for us to have instant information gratification. Just start typing the first letters of your search word and the site intuits your question and offers you the smartest choice of answers.

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Some useful suggestions.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:20 PM

Tips to improve your searching technique

Nikolaus Wood's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:26 AM

Personally I never use this model of search beyong spell checking. Using google to find a new interst seems rather broken to me, instead I prefer to find connections from what I am already interested in. Therefor having relivant searches rather than just extensions of the letters already typed would be more beneficial.

Shirley Blowers's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:53 PM

12 Ways to be Search savvy

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Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos

Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The two teachers admit when they started flipping their classrooms they put everything into video form. Now, they’ve taken a step back and realized some things shouldn’t be in lecture form, and therefore shouldn’t be videos either. Instead, the two teachers have embraced what they call mastery learning, with an emphasis on students taking control of their own learning. Instructional videos are an optional part of a bigger move towards asynchronous learning.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Good to see a bit more balance coming into the flipped classroom debate.

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Lisa Simmons's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:24 AM

This is an Interesting article and something to think about for Flipped Classrooms

Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, May 24, 2013 4:23 PM

Interesting ...scaffolding what should be flipped and what not ...

James Wilson's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:28 AM

A useful insight into the developing attitude towards the Learner Centred approach - "Mastery Learning".

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Beyond the core literacies of reading, writing, computation, and research, the world-wide culture of innovation, discovery, multi-polarity, interdisciplinary thinking, and rapid change depends on the explosive potential of the human mind, not entombed truths from the past. Increasingly, any standards-based curriculum is at odds with the outside world.

 

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Lots of good stuff here. Nice article.

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Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a really useful reference. You can download the complete book as PDF or epub

 

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Mohamed Tenouga's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:23 AM

add your insight...

 
apsarango's curator insight, February 28, 9:53 AM

Realmente útil para descubrir como poner en práctica los REA en la educación y como nos benefician para poder mejorar las oportunidades de hacer investigación en diversos entornos de la educación.

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How to become internet famous for $68

How to become internet famous for $68 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There’s just one thing about Santiago Swallow that you won’t easily find online: I made him up. Everything above is true. He really does have a Twitter feed with tens of thousands of followers, he really does have a Wikipedia biography, and he really does have an official web site.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is an interesting article about how easy it is to create a fictional internet reputation. Worth using with students I think.

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Paulo Moekotte's comment, May 22, 2013 3:39 PM
Interesting indeed in teaching 'impression management' or 'selective self-presentation'. But where would be the personal benefit in the off line world if one merely uses an obscure alias?
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How Games Help Students Embrace Failure

How Games Help Students Embrace Failure | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Games, in contrast, depend on failure to teach. They literally push players to the edge of their ability and knowledge; then the best games change or adapt when a level is reached to push players further. In order to succeed, players must encounter and overcome obstacles both large and small along the way. These disappointments teach students to persevere and foster creativity and adaptability – invaluable skills in our hyper-connected, fast-paced, global economy. Here is a look at some of the ways failure helps students and how games support this valuable learning opportunity.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Good article on the benefits of game based learing

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:32 AM

Main Topics in this piece:


The Benefits of Failure – What Does it Teach Us?

Games and Failure – How Games Use Failure to Support Learning

Choosing Games for Learning in Higher Ed

Barbara Truman's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:37 PM

Great article that beyond collaboration and also leads to crowdsourcing used in the Fold It game. Digital science, digital artistry, digital citizenship.  

Maria Marcela Rinessi's comment, May 22, 2013 9:55 AM
excelente gracias por compartirlo!!
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Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Create online learning with 123ContactForm | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.

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This is my review of 123ContactForm. A great tool for creating online learning.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 2013 11:34 AM

This is my review of 123ContactForm. A great tool for creating online learning.

Mack James's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:07 PM

Online learning (Creating tools to help the 21st century teachers)

Ailish Irvine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:29 AM

Tool to look out for.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I've just been brainstorming digital skills that I believe are required by teachers in the 21st Century. So far I've come up with 45 of them.

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I'm just reviewing this blog entry on digital skills for teachers from 2010. I'm thinking about how many new skills need to be added from the developments of the last 2 - 3 years.Great to see that it has over 45k question responses.

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Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Is It Possible To Think Without Language? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?
Nik Peachey's insight:

Not directly technology related, but still a really interesting short article.

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OneSpring's curator insight, May 26, 2013 9:25 PM
Not strictly visualization... BUT very fascinating!
Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's comment, May 29, 2013 8:29 AM
Yes but it's really possible and fascinating indeed.
REMI BLUM-JONQUIERES's comment, May 29, 2013 11:04 AM
I believe that we can think using kind of emotions and visualizations. Maybe it is a universal communication like we can have in dreams
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Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes

Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Makes you wonder how on earth earth such misguided studies can even be commissioned. Also makes you curious about who is really behind the funding of research that misleads readers into believing that poor kids don’t need the same tools their wealthier peers use for success.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 25, 2013 2:55 AM

Some kind of obvious points, that obviously still need to be made.

T. Brendan Donahoe's comment, May 26, 2013 1:04 PM
Very well crafted piece...clearly the study cited equated correlation with causality. Lisa makes some very good points.
ComputersforaCause's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:41 PM

Great article! 

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SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning

SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning.  It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology. 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Looks like an interesting model for defining student engagement within a technology integration plan.

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Nikolaus Wood's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:24 AM

The idea of introducing technology into a learning environement is nothing new, however it needs to be implemented in such a way that technology does not impeed learning, instead it helps improve it. I believe that if there were courses that used computers for the task at hand and were engadging then students would be less likely to become side tracked and actually spend the time on the computer learning.

 

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Lesson Plan Search – Google in Education

Lesson Plan Search – Google in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
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Search for lesson plans on Google. Seems like a very good idea.

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Thoughts on Pew’s Latest Report on Teens: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy | DMLcentral

Thoughts on Pew’s Latest Report on Teens: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, I’ve watched as teens have given up on controlling access to content. It’s too hard, too frustrating, and technology simply can’t fix the power issues. Instead, what they’ve been doing is focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.

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Interesting take on online privacy among teens.

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Keerie Morgan's curator insight, May 31, 2013 11:20 AM

This article says that African-Americans use twitter more than Whites.  Not only do they use twitter more, but they tend to update more false information, as well.  African Americans also follow more celebrities, and have the habit of not using their real name, more often than whites.  Does it really matter how much African-Americans (or any race for that matter) use twitter,or what ways they utalize it?  Why must there be a comparison?  Study and research is cool, but why must it be compared to another race? 

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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.

 

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As always, interesting research findings.

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Sarah's curator insight, January 9, 2014 8:54 PM

I think that it is interesting that teens want people to know exactly who they are even though they all know the consquences and that people can do harm to them.

Rachelle Wright's curator insight, May 12, 2015 6:24 PM

This article posted from The Pew Research Center shows with different graphs and percentages how much more information teenagers today are posting on Facebook.  The article compares what teens posted on Facebook in 2006 vs 2012 on their profiles.  Categories compared between the two years were photos of themselves, school name, and the city where they live are a few examples.  Every category in 2012 had higher percentages than 2006.  What stuck out to me on the chart was that in 2006 two percent of people posted their phone number compared to twenty percent in 2012.  That is a big difference.  This shows that teens today are seen as careless about what information they post on Facebook and other social media.  Having your number on these sites is dangerous.  60 percent of teens on Facebook have their profile private.  Also the article shows that 24 percent of online teens use Twitter which has risen sixteen percent since 2011.  Hopefully more teens make their profiles private.  The article goes more into depth about this issue.

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The Flipped Class Revealed

The Flipped Class Revealed | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Switching from a traditional classroom to a flipped classroom can be daunting because there are a lack of effective models.  So, what should an effective flipped classroom look like?  In our experience, effective flipped classrooms share many of these characteristics:

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Useful article with some good suggestions and links to other sources.

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:34 AM

This is part 3 of a very good series onwhy you should flip your class and how to do it

Angela McCord's curator insight, May 28, 2013 9:47 AM

Good guide!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 22, 2013 5:22 PM

 Very useful article with some great suggestions worth reading. 

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ICT in schools survey – many children not getting what they need; teachers need more training and support.

ICT in schools survey – many children not getting what they need; teachers need more training and support. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital", computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital skill levels are very uneven. These skills and support for teachers to deliver them need a strong boost, according to a survey on the use of digital technologies in schools in Europe published by the Commission.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Overall findings seem to be that teachers need more training and support. I could not agree more.

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Darlene Clapham K12's curator insight, May 21, 2013 1:25 PM

This is our greatest challenge! How do we overcome this obstacle? We are hoping to address some of these issues in our JT2020 planning.

 

AUXI RUIZ's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:23 AM

Todo apunta a la necesidad de la actualziación y modernización docente en el uso y aplicación de las TIC.

Gamini L Kumara's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:25 PM

there should be a web site for this

 

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ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities - Review of Innovative Practice

ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities - Review of Innovative Practice | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In 2010, the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) and the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education agreed to collaborate on a joint project to develop a Review of Innovative Practice – a report presenting concrete examples of practice of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with people with disabilities in different educational contexts and settings. In particular, the Review was targeted at considering examples of practice that can be considered to be ‘innovative’ within the specific educational setting and wider societal context they were situated within.

 

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You can download both the full report and and executive summary in PDF forma from here.

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Milena Charris's curator insight, March 2, 4:26 AM

En este articulo se menciona la relacion de las TIC con la educacion en Europa-UNESCO

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What To Know About Google Play For Education - Edudemic

What To Know About Google Play For Education - Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of Google’s aims in this project was to make sharing content with the students in their classroom simple. Currently, making sure that each student has the right apps on their device can be a pain, especially if an app needs to be purchased for every device. Google’s new product is the fact that it enables administrators to distribute applications to their entire team.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This does look like an interesting development. For me, one of the most significant features of the iPad is AirPlay. Until something similar evolves for  Android, I can't see myself changing.

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How To Combat Student Plagiarism - Edudemic

How To Combat Student Plagiarism - Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As teachers, when we assign a research project, we often focus on the end product: the research essay, presentation, etc. However, students (especially young students) do not automatically know how to conduct meaningful research. Our modern students are used to Googling answers. They have grown accustomed to information being readily available. However, as academics, we know that research isn’t a  fast process. It’s slow and deliberate. As a teacher, I need to intentionally slow my students down during this exercise. I do this by breaking down a larger project into more manageable chunks and focusing on the process.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good suggestions here, but I still feel it desn't quite go far enough. I think we also need assignments that require and inspire personal reflection and a degree more critical thinking.

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aisha ertugrul's comment, May 22, 2013 3:17 AM
Yes, which is what is meant by "plagiarism proof" assignments. I would also add that it is essential to practice paraphrasing and do it effectively by using all four skills. I did a poster presentation on this topic: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/aisha-ertugrul/preventing-plagiarism-poster
Elizabeth E Charles's comment, May 22, 2013 4:16 AM
Aisha I have scooped your poster on Information and digital literacy...
AnnC's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:45 PM

more structure and guidance to help develop the skills for research - okay!